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Take The Black Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Take The Black StoutTake The Black Stout

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,014 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,014
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 29
Gots: 172 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Cooker_stp on 09-09-2013)
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1.78/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Says STOUT on the bottle twice. This is not a stout, and if it is, it's the worst one I'v ever had. Over carbed, thin and weak. What a shitty beer. It seams like a complete gimmick to me using a TV show to sell a beer and it being complete garbage. I poured this beer after 2 sips, complete waste of $12. Go fuck yourself Ommegang.

Photo of Heynow007
1.9/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was expecting something fuller since it's a black stout, but I was disappointed in the dullness of this beer. Very fizzy and no body at all. It tastes bland and un flavorful. I love stouts and this beer doesn't come close to Ten Fiddy, stone Black Russian, etc.

Photo of PorterLambic
1.99/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours nearly black with a huge, espresso colored head. 3" of foam in a pint glass? Retention is pretty good. Fluffy to start, becoming rocky as it drops.
Smell is ... ashtray. Heavily burnt malt, baking chocolate and nothing else.
Taste is heavily burnt malt, baking chocolate, coffee. The full used ashtray here.
Medium bodied at best, less effervescent than I expected. All told, far from the best stout I've ever had. Aftertaste is truly the best aspect of this after the look. Toasted malt lingers with a whiff of sweetness. Ommegang dropped the ball big time here.

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of corby112
2.13/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pitch black and opaque with a three finger beige head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Crazy retention, taking forever to settle into a pillowy foam cap. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Spicy aroma that's dominated by anise and black licorice, overpowering the roasted dark malt notes. Slightly peppery and chalky with a touch of dark fruit along with burnt toast, oatmeal, roasted coffee bean and bitter dark chocolate. Not offensive, but the anise/licorice character is way too strong for my liking.

Medium bodied, slightly smokey and thankfully a little more complex than the nose suggests. This beer still has a very strong anise/black licorice flavor but there is a burnt/acrid robust dark malt flavor with hints of ashtray, burnt coffee grinds and very bitter dark chocolate. Really dry and bitter and severely lacking in balance. I usually dislike anise/licorice in stouts but in this beer it's a welcome respite to the overwhelmingly bitter and acrid burnt malt flavors. Really harsh and tough to choke down. Very disappointing offering from a solid brewery. Tastes like a beer made for rapists, thieves, bastards and cowards. You'll want to take the black after drinking it.

Photo of kevanb
2.21/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle poured into an Ommegang/Game of Thrones snifter, acquired with the beer at West Lakeview Liquors.

The beer pours a deep cola brown, very opaque with a soft, loose, fizzy caramel head that rises about 2 fingers high, wide, big bubbles that has poor retention and leaves just a touch of sticky lace behind. The aroma is messy, licorice and anise leap out, vegetal and unpleasant, bitter dark chocolate also comes across as earthy and dirty, burnt coffee follows up with some chalky ash and toasted dark malt, no real fruit presence or belgian yeast to note. It's harsh, burnt and rather unpleasant, not one I'd like to stick my nose in. The flavors don't help this beer one bit, lots of licorice and anise, vegetal and earthy that bring out some spiced and herby flavors behind it, charred coffee bean is present, but not as dominating as burnt and smokey chocolate and dark malt, it's really hard to stomach. The level of roast and smokiness is just way too much for what could be a really delicate belgian style stout, it pushes to the brink of being a one note beer. The mouthfeel isn't too bad though, carbonation is moderate yet lively, coats the mouth well and finishes softly.

Verdict: A bad showing from Ommegang. Roasted, overcooked, and burnt, just unpleasant. Each quality, which could really improve this beer just seems to detract from it. I love Game of Thrones and will continue to try the beers, but this was a steep fall off from the Blonde, which was a very nice beer.

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